The Day After: Now What?

May 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Matt Magill | Leave a comment

mound_meeting_sanfran_2013-05-04Yesterday, it was Hanley Ramirez landing on the disabled list with Dee Gordon coming to replace him.

Now, Jerry Hairston might be injured and the bullpen was forced to pitch basically a full game last night after Matt Magill went only 1.1 and the game went into extras.

So as we wait all day for Hyun-jin Ryu to hopefully help the Dodgers avoid a sweep on Sunday Night Baseball, we’re left to ask: now what?

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As you can see, the bullpen is in rough shape. J.P. Howell and Javy Guerra are probably unavailable after last night, and Ronald Belisario (four games in five days) shouldn’t be counted upon either.

Eric Stephen makes a compelling case to option Magill back to the minors since a Thursday off-day probably allows for him to be skipped, and I can’t disagree with him. But the options there are kind of thin, because Steve Ames has thrown in each of the last two days for Albuquerque; fellow 40-man reliever Chris Withrow has only thrown once in the last week, so he may be a better choice. Withrow has impressed with the Isotopes, but it remains to be seen if the organization feels he’s ready.

I might opt for Peter Moylan, who has been effective since a poor outing in his debut — 10/3 K/BB in 10.2 innings — since he has big league experience and only threw four pitches two days ago. As we’ve discussed, Chad Billingsley & Shawn Tolleson have yet to be moved to the 60-day disabled list, so the 40-man issue isn’t a problem.

Otherwise, we’re stuck with the same issues. Will Mark Ellis finally be disabled? (Probably not today, with Chris Capuano returning tomorrow.) Can Adrian Gonzalez start? Is Hairston available? We don’t know the answers to that yet, but we do know who isn’t on their way to San Francisco.

That’s a no on Scott Van Slyke, and the same for Elian Herrera. Tim Federowicz isn’t listed, but he’s been starting every day and this could of course just be a standard day off for a catcher.

My guess? I think the team would prefer not to do anything until tomorrow, when they disable Ellis for Capuano. But last night — the overworked bullpen, and possible injury to Hairston — may have forced their hand. Magill should probably not get too comfortable.

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